Dan England, of O'Fallon, won the Belleville South Bassmasters' make-up tournament April 5 at Lake Egypt with a four-fish stringer that weighed in at 8.84 pounds.
Fishing with white crankbaits, he also caught the Big Bass at 3.17 pounds.
The make-up tournament was the result of the March 24 event being canceled because of a late winter snowstorm. The April 5 event saw much-kinder weather that provided clear skies, temperatures in the 70s and winds 10-15 mph.
The lake was at normal pool with stained to clear water visibility and water temperatures ranging in the morning from 57 degrees at the Power Plant to 50 degrees at the upper end of the lake, warming to the mid-50s and low-60s in the afternoon.
The late winter storm kept the lake temperatures lower than normal, which kept the fish in a pre-spawn mode just moving out of deeper water.
Tom Westerheide, of Belleville, finished second with 7.35 pounds for three fish caught.
Dustin Gross, of Belleville, was third with four fish and 7.05 pounds.
The next scheduled meeting of Belleville South Bassmasters is at May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Shennanigan's in Belleville.
Anyone interested in membership can call Richard Kasson at 618-939-7312 or Tom Westerheide at 618-980-3482 for information.
Mid-State Bass Anglers held the Kinkaid Lake two-man team tournament April 6. The weather was warm but 35-mph winds made the fishing tough.
Bill Griffiths and Denny Ehlers, of Wellsville, took first place with six fish weighing in at 25.83 pounds.
Kevin Renth, of O'Fallon, and Mark Mason, of Collinsville, were second with 20.99 pounds.
Third place went to Dusty Lepere, of Dupo, and Brian Gass, of O'Fallon, with 19.63 pounds.
Carl Johnson, of Murphysboro, and Tony Dowdy Jr., of Elkville, took fourth at 16.27 and had the Big Bass at 7.36.
Smitty's Bass Series opens
The first tournament in Smitty's Thursday Bass Series took place April 4.
There were 24 entries even though the water was muddy.
The tournaments continue every Thursday through September at Smitty's Marina in New Athens.
John Loesche, of Freeburg, took first place with 3.38 pounds. Dan Ernst, of O'Fallon, was second with 2.91.